The Governor of Anambra state, Charles Soludo, on Thursday evening said the purported investment of the sum of ₦1,955,535,247.00 (an equivalent of approximately $12,616,356.43 at the then average CBN exchange rate of ₦155.00/$1) by one of his predecessors in office, Peter Obi, is worth next to nothing.
Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election.
Before clinching the party’s ticket, he governed Anambra State from 2006 to 2014.
Obi had invested millions of dollars in International Breweries on behalf of Anambra State as a governor.
International Breweries (IB) Plc is a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) — a multinational drink and brewing giant based in Leuven, Belgium.
Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, Prof Soludo said he was not aware of any investment in the state by any of his predecessors.
“I think there was something I read about somebody speculating about whatever investment. With what I’ve seen today, the value of those investments is worth next to nothing. So, let’s leave that aside,” the governor Soludo said.
He added, “We are handing out employment letters to more than 5,000 teachers to end an era of schools without teachers.
“We are going to have 240 plus doctors and consultants to man our general hospitals, so if you look at the five fingers approach of our programmes; we designed our budget to keep our eyes on the ball.”